Posted: August 26, 2014
After buying your own home, protecting that investment means more than just preventing robberies. Home security also depends on your ability to predict and prevent potential accidents or weather damage. By identifying key risks your home faces, you can help save yourself a lot of hassle in the future.
Your home is connected to your well-being, and having that peace of mind is directly linked to how much time and energy you dedicate to securing your home. Below are a few things to remember when identifying how to specifically help protect your home:
Depending on what region of the U.S. you've bought your home, the weather can be a big risk factor for your home’s security. Storms and heavy winds can cause damage to trees that surround your home; and fallen branches and limbs can cause expensive damage to your roof and windows. By hiring a professional arborist, you can get an expert opinion about the dangers that can come from weather and trees.
Of course, the risks aren’t limited to storms alone: extremely dry or extremely wet conditions can have a negative effect on your house’s structure as well. Be sure that you’re always checking up on your foundation after an especially dry or wet season.
There are several things you can do to help ensure that there’s limited risk of home deterioration: Cleaning your gutters out to help prevent water saturation, making sure your yard is adequately draining rainwater as well as resealing blacktop or cement. Not only do these tasks help prevent serious damage, but they can help maintain the value of your home and add to the curb appeal should you choose to put your home on the market.. Also, the more often you keep up with these tasks, the less likely there will be build up which worsen 5 to 10 years down the line.
Weather can also cause damage to the things that aren’t within the physical boundaries of the house including: grills, cars, and yard equipment. To help protect these, make sure you always store these items in a properly locked, secure garage. If you don’t have a garage, consider building or purchasing a carport or shelter to help prevent any kind of hail or water damage.
If you own pets, you need to think about keeping both them and your home safe. Pets can cause damage to the interior of your home if left unsupervised, but they’re also at risk if they’re left in the open. Often, a simple chain link fence is enough to keep the pets outdoors without the risk of running into the street. When you’re away from home, you might also consider kennel-training your dog by making their kennel a “safe place” instead of a place of punishment or time-out.
How do you help ensure that your house is safe and secure when you’re traveling for an extended period of time? Working with your neighbors, you can keep tabs on the house when you’re away. Be sure to come up with a scheduled plan; and make sure that the neighbors have access to keys so they can water the plants, feed the cat. etc.It also might not be a bad idea to make a copy of your house key specifically for your neighbors if anything were to come up.
Preventing accidents and weather damage is far more important than you think. What sorts of preventative measures have you taken to help protect your home?